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Between The Buried And Me release “Memory Palace”

Posted by Metal Riot on Friday, April 3, 2015 at 12:31 PM (PST)

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Progressive metal band Between the Buried and Me have released a brand new song from their upcoming highly anticipated, seventh full-length album Coma Ecliptic. Fans can listen to “Memory Palace” now by heading to metalblade.com/btbam. The upcoming album is also now available for pre-order with special bundles and packages offered, including: CD, LP, two pre-order exclusive t-shirts, an exclusive hour long behind the scenes making-of DVD, and a “Coma Ecliptic” limited edition 27″x40″ movie poster. Coma Ecliptic will be officially released worldwide on July 7th, 2015. Grandiose, dynamic, heavy, melodic, technically challenging and more, this album delivers.

Pre-order link: metalblade.com/btbam

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Tool win lawsuit, New album gaining speed

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 1:58 PM (PST)

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The most esoteric and challenging band in the mainstream’s awareness is Tool and fans have been waiting almost a decade for a follow up to 10,000 Days. Almost as startling as the fact it has been that long already is the news that Tool are finally bearing down on it with increasing speed. I’d hear rumors hear and there but Consequence of Sound is reporting the band has won their drawn out lawsuit with some insurance dbags and are finally able to really buckle down on the next future classic without career draining delays. Get the scoop HERE.

Adam Jones says:
The turning point came when there was a change of venue on the opening day of the trial. “We moved over to a North LA courthouse and we had a brand-new judge, who was fantastic. You know what his name was? Randy Rhodes!” Randy Rhoads (no relation) was a guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. “I knew the power of metal, and my appreciation of metal was someday going to be like a guardian angel.”

How awesome is that!!?

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Maid Myriad awesome “Woven In Haste” prog tour announced

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 2:03 PM (PST)

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Maid Myriad are one of my fave new prog metal bands. Their singer filled in for my fave prog band of last year Wings Denied recently and ever since I have been really enjoying their With Haste On Its Breath full length. Now the Maid Myriad camp have announced the Woven In Haste 2015 tour, which reminds me of playing Dragonlance RGPs back in the day and having to really quickly cast a fireball spell on Bozak draconians before they killed my neutral good mage Bodifus the Red.

Anyway, Maid Myriad are awesome. They really remind me of my friends Three who I grew up with (especially “Be Careful What You Wish For”), just complex arrangements and atmosphere mixed with sort of similar to Joey Eppard vocals and lots of other metal and post hardcore influences as well. Friends I’ve played them for also compare Maid Myriad to Thrice and Coheed & Cambria. I def recommend this tour and record.

More info HERE. For a taste of music check BELOW.

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Prog rockers 3 post new song “Crazy Eyes”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 6:44 AM (PST)

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Great new song from the Three guys- Woodstock, NY’s progressive rockers known for a wide range of sounds over the years but always focused on musical growth. It has allowed the band to share the stage with everyone from Atreyu to Heart to Coheed over the years. This is my favorite from them in awhile and also I saw on Facebook yesterday vocalist Joey Eppard telling a fan there will be another full length on the horizon at some point!

From the band:

Check out our brand new song “Crazy Eyes” now available for purchase! FYI: We actually recorded the basic track in my garage a while back just to get the idea down. It was the first time Chris Gartdrumm had ever played the song. We liked it so much we decided to use that drum performance for the final version. We only used 3 mics (kick, snare & an overhead) on the kit but wound up with a drum sound I’m proud to say I mixed.

Check it out HERE, perfect for a dreamy winter day of introspection.

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Interview: Black Crown Initiate

Posted by NichTheHair on Monday, February 16, 2015 at 10:29 AM (PST)

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“It’s honestly your loss if you don’t like different kinds of music.”

-Andy Thomas

“Question everything.”

-Rik Stelzpflug

Click here for the full interview with Andy and Rik.

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Family, Music, Scene Unity, Death and Beating Addictions via PMA.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 7:29 AM (PST)
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Don’t take your health, friends or family for granted. Ever.

The following is an op ed of sorts which includes personal music scene memories of the last 20 years, memories of my father Tom Vink-Lainas who just passed away from Cancer and struggled with smoking  cigs and drinking decades of his life. It also touches on Blake Judd, Coheed And Cambria , Bad Brains, UNITY and why PMA is so important. It is mainly about the Kingston, NY and Woodstock, Ny region music scene I came up in (I’ve sung for like 9 bands since 1993). Hopefully it can help heal some people (myself included).

Click HERE for more.

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Byzantine are back!

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 7:09 PM (PST)

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Byzantine is prepared to unleash its new album, but getting to this point wasnt without a cost for West Virginias progressive thrash titans. Since coming back with our self-titled album, I went through a personal split and lost two very important band members, discloses Byzantine front-man Chris OJ Ojeda. Its taught me that once in a while, though, you have to lose something to actually gain something. Byzantine reaches this resolution with To Release Is To Resolve, to be released on April 7 via CEN/RED Distribution.

To Release Is To Resolve finds Byzantines ferocious brand of monstrous, groove metal taken to new heights. This can be unmistakably heard on the albums first single, “A Curious Lot”, which received its world premiere atMetal Sucks. “A Curious Lot” is available via all digital platforms but can be streamed now below.

Stream “A Curious Lot ” NOW.

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Aphelion is the furthest point from the sun, and in this case, the sun could represent anything that we aspire towards, dream of, pursue with passion, heart, fire.– Tom P.

Tom Phillips of While Heaven Wept is capable of writing intense and compelling epic metal that is like Farscape for the human soul. Instead of Moya, we are travelling through songs of the human experience, rich metaphor and aquamarine guitar playing that knows few limits.Prog rock can include anything from House Of Lightning’s mind blowing melodic riff and vocal amalgam of Floor meets Rush to something as different as Veil Of Maya’s Marc Okubo tearing through an intricate metal riff to a classic prog rock album like Selling England By The Pound. We celebrate the spiritual questions of a band like Om with our serious hats on but often dismiss high concept prog influenced records as grandiose. For all the ups and downs in my friendship with the Coheed and Cambria guys over the years, I will admit in a second that In Keeping Secrets… was a great album (perhaps still their best). WHH have been carrying the flame for earnest music for a long time.

Their latest Suspended At Aphelion is a very fleshed out, masterful concept album. How did they come to decide on the themes?

“Well, you’ve got to keep in mind that everything we’ve ever done has been out of personal necessity…to heal, to accept, to move on…and SAA is no exception; despite the imagery and metaphors throughout the discography, everything is based upon real people, events, tribulations, and above all, sincere emotions,” says Tom. “WHW is basically my vehicle for coping with both a lifelong depression and the tragedies, frustrations, chaos in my life. A catharsis so as to lead a “relatively normal” existence outside of the band. Every album pertains to different relationships.”

That said, WHH are also never tied to just one genre. Detract from Queensryche’s more experimental albums like Tribe or Dedicated To Chaos all you like, but they still have merit regardless if they were different from the classic heavy metal sound the band has returned to post-Tate’s vocal reign. Likewise, WHH can be brutal, dizzying or trippy within the same album.

To learn more head out further into space BELOW and may your voyage bring you back home…

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Born Of Osiris recording new album

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, January 9, 2015 at 7:29 AM (PST)

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Born Of Osiris were not only good when The New Reign was released. Only a moron would think that. A Higher Place is hella (yeah, I said it) underrated and this band is better than half the fans in their scene can comprehend with their limited musical tastes. The band have shown consistent drive to create meaningful music, regardless of any behind the scenes stuff or trends. A mid 2015 Sumerian release is expected for the next record, though no further details are available at this time. Hoping it will combine the heavier synth presence of TWDA with earlier heavy elements.  The band have been working new material for a few years now and I have a good gut feeling that they are due for making the statement fans/believers in this band have known they can achieve. Here’s hoping, dudes.

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Barren Earth sign with Century Media Records

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 7:05 AM (PST)

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Finnish progressive death metal band Barren Earth, lead by Jon Aldara, a Faroese native, have signed to Century Media Records.

Check out comments from the band and from the label here.

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The Fallen Divine working on new full-length

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 5:59 AM (PST)

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Norwegian progressive metal band The Fallen Divine are currently working on a follow-up to 2012’s The Blinding Cycle (Indie Recordings).

In anticipation of the release of this new album the band has released a lyric video for the demo version of their song, “Pilgrimage”.

Guitarist Magnus Haugo commented on the new song:

“This new song will show you where we are today musically. It’s very melodic and progressive, and contains many different parts, while at the same time it’s all making sense. We won’t go into detail about the lyrics, but we hope you will watch the lyric video and interpret them as you like.”

Speaking on the new album, he adds:

“The material for our next album is heading in a quite different direction than our last album, “The Binding Cycle”. For instance, we have incorporated some clean vocals. All the songs are pretty long and the longest clocks in at about 16 minutes. We are feeling really good about this and we hope 2015 will be a good and productive year for us!

Check out the video for “Pilgrimage” here.

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Show Review: Abstract Reality Tour at Webster Hall, NYC-December 6, 2014

Posted by NichTheHair on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 9:07 AM (PST)

 

billNew York City’s Webster Hall welcomed Animals As Leaders, The Devin Townsend Project and Monuments last weekend. Earlier in the day, Devin treated me to a fantastic face to face interview, which you can read here. Prog reigned supreme throughout the night and due to some lengthy photo ops, so did the photographers. I’ve seen some awesome shots from this night already, due to the fact we were able to shoot for the whole show.

Click here for the pictures and review.

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Interview: Devin Townsend

Posted by NichTheHair on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 12:18 PM (PST)

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“If I have anything to contribute to the musical world is that people can learn from my failures and successes. That’s what I’m interested in, contributing something healthy to the species.”

 

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Devin Townsend.

Click here for the interview.

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Album Review: While Heaven Wept – “Suspended At Aphelion “

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 12:06 PM (PST)

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While Heaven Wept are a long running symphonic metal band from Virginia who have made an astonishing new concept album in Suspended at Aphelion. This is the kind of flashy but layered master work that every prog-minded metal act dreams of pulling off, strong songsmithery rapturously focused technical skill and a huge epic sound. The idea of being as far away as possible from the sun before orbit begins back towards warmth is the central metaphor here and the music is up to the huge task. I enjoyed this space journey more than the film Gravity.

Suspended At Aphelion will appeal to fans of Queensryche, Stratovarius, the lighter side of Scar Symmetry harmony driven vocals, The Old Dead Tree or even Protest the Hero’s Fortress. The style of prog here is not what most kids think of these days (BTBAM) but more of a hybrid of prog with classic metal and symphonic power. From the moving piano opening of “Introspectus” to the vocal glow of the amazing “The Memory Of Bleeding” to “Souls In Permafrost” pulling so much from me emotionally like the best fiction, wondering if we someday might have to leave the planet. “The highest of hopes left impossible debts of darkness and pain and deeper regrets/facing our future of paradise lost/interred my soul in permafrost,” sings Rain Irving with beautiful melodic command.

Also a highlight of this album, which really has no bad songs and pitch perfect production for the material, is Jason Lingle’s keyboard work. The keys augment each song so well, setting up real impact which can then be a great platform for Queen-big guitar solos to racing shred moments to “he nailed it” drumming from Mark Zonder.

Anyone looking for a great reason to not stray far from whatever item they consume music with and who loves metal that is less heavy than about huge themes spanning the galaxy should give this a spin. Maybe sci-fi and symphonic metal are escapism but this album has real questions humanity must wrestle with amidst the story and sweeping movements. “Lifelines Lost” will leave you hanging at the very edge, wondering when we will return for home and, perhaps, ecological and spiritual or compassionate redemption. Like The Ocean’s Pelagial it is not scared to go all the way to the farthest reaches to make a big creative point.

Periphery “The Bad Thing” for you to hear now.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 8:37 AM (PST)

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New Periphery song “The Bad Thing” is a heavy and complex new number, a sick mix with a great sense of guitar and vocal placement. Kudos on the great vocal performance as well. The band are releasing two albums of intricate material that seems like their biggest statement yet. That is up to each listener perhaps and how they take the music with them and experience it, but from the new songs compared to the relatively limited amount of Periphery I’ve heard it seems like they are really pushing themselves. Now go on tour with Wings Denied and Torrential Downpour, guys. Do it!!!

Check out the new song HERE.

 Periphery are the good thing for you to hear now.
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